Thank you for your patience! This week we’re back to talk about De-Lovely, the next film in our Eve Stewart retrospective. It’s about the musical icon Cole Porter, played with zest by Kevin Kline, as he re-lives the best and worst of his life at the behest of the angel Gabriel (Jonathan Pryce). The film features songs written by Cole Porter, all sung by popular modern musicians. But the question remains: is the film any good?
It’s…charming, but never quite reaches “great.” The real MVP of the film is Eve Stewart and her production design. It’s breathtaking, and quickly overshadows everything else in the film. Join us, won’t you?
The next film in our Eve Stewart retrospective is the Gore Verbinski horror thriller A Cure For Wellness, starring Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth, and Jason Isaacs. The film is a clunky mess, suffering from logic problems as well as a problematic third act. What saves it for us is Stewart’s exceptional production design, which gives the film an atmosphere and mood that makes us want to keep watching despite the significant script problems. We go into all of this and more in the episode, so don’t wait another minute to hit that play button on your podcast player of choice.
A new month brings us a new filmmaker and for September we decided to breakdown the lively career of production designer Eve Stewart, starting with 2002’s Nicholas Nickleby, starring Charlie Hunnam, Jamie Bell, and Christopher Plummer. It’s a film that’s exceptionally designed and looks absolutely gorgeous, but that has almost nothing else going for it. The performances are fine, but the tone of the film oscillates so much between farce and prestige period drama that it’s hard to really connect to anything the actors are doing. And don’t get us started about couches being dragged outside of houses for leisure. Did we mention that the film is gorgeous?
So I guess this is hello and welcome to this week’s episode of Behind the Hype, where we’re talking about Superstar, starring the amazing and hilarious Molly Shannon. You want to do what? Now? Well, sure. We should warn you that what follows is a very quotable film that transcends its sketches on SNL and provides some genuine laughs. It may not be as good or considered to be a classic quite like the rest of the movies we discussed this month, but it was very entertaining.
We also discuss the Marry Katherine Gallagher sketches that inspired the movie, and Macgruber…which was rough.
It’s Wayne’s World, Wayne’s World! Party On! Excellent. Wew wew wew weewwwww! In a month of SNL films, it was only a matter of time before we discussed this cultural touchstone of a film and give it the effusive praise that it deserves. And a podcast about one of the best SNL films wouldn’t be nearly as awesome without a special guest. We’re joined (for the first time since our rebrand as Behind the Hype) by Brok Holliday from Damage Boost. He’s the choice of a new generation.
We also discuss some of the SNL shorts that inspired the film, and dove into a brief discussion about how the Wayne’s World sketches worked better overall and had a better transition to film than the Conehead ones and the Blues Brothers musical numbers.
Greetings Earthlings. We come to you from the planet Remulak to provide mass quantities of discourse around the film known as Coneheads, starring Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, and a myriad of fun SNL cameos. It’s a movie that’s held up remarkably well, and has in fact gotten better as the years have progressed. There’s an earnestness to the absurdity that becomes endearing and it’s hard not to fall in love with this picture as you watch it. Can you believe that people didn’t care for this movie when it came out? We’re a bit surprised, too.
For our Where Have They Been Doing segment we go back and watch a few of the original Conehead sketches to get a sense of the movie’s origins, and we gotta say that the movie did a great job adapting to the big screen.
We’re doing something a little bit different from our usual “filmmaker of the month” and taking a deep dive into the Saturday Night Live library of films. To start off we’ve got our sights set on the absolute best of the bunch, the cream of the crop: The Blues Brothers, featuring stellar performances from Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, and a whole slew of cameos that will put a smile on your face. Prepare to laugh out loud at the excessive police car damage, and groove along to some exceptional music from some exceptional musicians.
To finish up our month of Taika Waititi we talk his most recent film Jojo Rabbit. It’s certainly a weird one, but we love it all the same. The acting is superb, the sets and costumes are powerful, and the comedy works well to offset the rather dark subject matter. We have a few quibbles here and there, but overall this one is a must see and we can’t recommend it highly enough.
We don’t really have much of a “Where Have They Been Doing” other than watching more of What We Do in the Shadows. Turns out we covered most of his other films in the previous weeks.
The trajectory continues upward in our month of Taika Waititi as we discuss Hunt for the Wilderpeople. There’s a lot to love in this movie and we struggle to come up with any significant complaints. Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rachel House, and frickin’ Rhys Darby all give stellar performances, and even the director himself pops in for a bit to play perhaps the worst (or best) priest I’ve ever seen committed to screen. Wilderpeople also continues the trend of showcasing a New Zealand that’s more than just Hobbit holes, although the movie makes a clever LOTR reference that nearly did this shownotes writer in.
Talk about a jump in quality! This week in our Taika Waititi retrospective we discuss Boy, his feature-length follow-up to Eagle vs. Shark set in New Zealand in 1984. It’s a story about overcoming grief, growing up, and being there for your family, all told from the point of view of the title character. Taika has a larger role in this film compared to the last and his energetic and comedic touch REALLY work. Could say more, but you should probably just dive into the episode.
We also talk Team Thor, Team Thor Part 2, and his Flight of the Concords episode “New Zealand Town,” all of which are pretty funny but maybe don’t pop in the way we’ve come to expect from a Taika Waititi venture.